The act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite or desire, especially for alcoholic drink or sexual intercourse.(noun)
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Use "abstinence" in a sentence
"Hence the term abstinence may be taken in two ways."
"In this sense morality can vary from person to person and while the same can be said for Christians, there are basic tenets that all Christians believe, and in most faiths in general with the exception of some oddballs, and that is, the ten commandments or equivalent, especially in regards to killing, raping, stealing, etc. in which hopefully abstinence is reinforced by the belief in an after life and the accountability of bad behaviour."
"I have since decided that abstinence is the best course of action for ME."